Howell’s own Jeff Doyle will be featured at the 47th National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., as an exchange place teller, a festival event that features a hotbed of new storytelling talent from across the nation. A beloved tradition since 1973, the festival hosts the nation’s top storytellers and draws 11,000 visitors from across the country—all to celebrate the ancient art of storytelling in Tennessee’s oldest town.
Doyle started telling stories to kids around the campfire, became renowned for his gift for scary stories, and went on to develop wild, funny, and heartwarming stories as well. He takes great joy in finding stories and humor in everyday life, and crafts stories that evoke both audience laughter and tears. Doyle is a NSN Storytelling Oracle award winner and founder of the annual Scary Storytelling Festival at the Howell Opera House around Halloween. His CDs include “Live at the Opera House” and “Cage Free.”
If you’d like to see Doyle in Tennessee, tickets are now on sale for the festival, which runs Oct. 4-6.
In the age of fast-moving technology, it seems unlikely that thousands of audience members could spend an entire weekend spellbound by storytellers, but that’s exactly what happens in Tennessee’s oldest town during the first full weekend of October and is expected to draw more than 11,000 fans from across the nation.
The diverse lineup includes storytellers from around the world. To complement the Festival’s signature storytelling concerts, many of the special events scheduled throughout the weekend are included in the price of the ticket, including Exchange Place, a concert focusing on new talent (including Jeff Doyle); the Swappin’ Ground, where anyone can tell a story; and a Story Slam competition that offers cash prizes.